Kietryn Zychal

The day British Petroleum’s embattled and unpopular CEO resigned due to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 men and spewed 200 million gallons of crude into the ocean, one of the largest inland oil spills and the most e... more

Sep 14, 2013 4:00 AM Green Scene

Ten years ago, Steve Thyberg had a vision. He wanted to create a celebration like Earth Day for peace and justice. Thyberg, a mental health therapist in private practice in Omaha, was a student of spiritual leaders Matthew Fox and Thomas ... more

Apr 23, 2013 10:13 PM News

David Corbin, Ph,D, Emeritus professor, Health Education & Public Health, UNO Before he retired from 31 years of teaching in Omaha, David Corbin packed a lot of traveling into his youth, getting college degrees in New Mexico, Ohio a... more

Apr 15, 2013 11:26 PM News

The Board of Trustees for the Douglas County Health Center voted on March 26 not to close or sell the facility, which apparently they had no intention of doing in the first place. Trustee Mary Ann Borgeson told a near capacity crowd in ... more

Apr 1, 2013 11:04 PM News

Editor’s Note: In advance of the 22nd Annual Earth Day Omaha on Saturday, April 20 in Elmwood Park, The Reader organized and interviewed the event’s speakers. This is the first of two installments, featuring speakers focused on local issu... more

Mar 30, 2013 11:35 PM News

At the March 11 meeting of the CTAC board, a new name for public access television was announced along with a new operator. Instead of “CTI-22” running channel 22, now it will be known by the letters KPAO -- or Public Access Omaha, (prono... more

Mar 26, 2013 11:27 AM News



“Attendance is one area where 90 percent does not equal an A,” according to Sharif Liwaru, Elementary Schools Director at UNO’s Attendance Collaborative. That is because a 90 percent attendance rate equals 20 days of absence -- the number t... more

Mar 12, 2013 1:58 AM News

“I would not want my neighbor who was mentally ill not to have the medication that he couldn’t afford,” Commissioner Marc Kraft said during a February 4 presentation by consultants Health Management Associates of Michigan on the operation... more

Feb 19, 2013 9:11 PM News

The mayoral election kicked into gear on Monday night with a forum featuring five candidates -- Mayor Jim Suttle, Dan Welch, Jean Stothert, Dave Nabity and Senator Brad Ashford. The group fielded questions for two hours from a packed room... more

Feb 13, 2013 12:28 AM News

For 25 years CTI-22 has been “broadcasting the community” on Cox Channel 22 in Omaha from its studio at the OIC building on North 24th Street.  The facility and the channel have been synonymous with two things – the Reynolds family and ... more

Dec 12, 2012 2:14 AM News

“There is a large and united coalition growing in Nebraska. It started with the pipeline and it is moving into clean energy,” said Graham Christensen, Director of the Nebraska Farmer’s Union, and member of a new coalition called Clean Ene... more

Nov 27, 2012 11:59 PM Green Scene

Bill McKibben, one of the world’s leading activists on climate change, is in Atlanta two days before Thanksgiving. He’s been on the road with his Do the Math tour since the day after Election Day, riding around the country in a bio-diesel... more

Nov 27, 2012 11:46 PM News

Pierre Dulaine’s career is proof that a child who is introduced to the arts can be transformed, and this transformation can affect thousands of people around the world. Dulaine is a professional dancer, now in his late 60s, and the foun... more

Nov 6, 2012 10:42 PM News

Here’s a pop quiz. How many people in north and south Omaha are registered to vote but don’t? Five thousand? Ten thousand? Or more than twenty-five thousand? If you guessed more than twenty-five thousand you would be right. Eight thousand... more

Oct 30, 2012 9:28 AM News

To Fred Wertheimer, there is one thing Americans agree on, even in this polarized political climate.  “All the polls shows that the public strongly objects to the role big money is now playing in American politics. The polling doesn’t s... more

Oct 23, 2012 10:29 PM News

“After forty-two years in prison, how can we help them?” The first question asked after Ramsey Clark’s speech last weekend does not have an easy answer. Clark, 84, a former Attorney General who served under Lyndon Johnson, traveled to N... more

Oct 16, 2012 9:19 PM News

Alan Lockwood, M.D., is a man with a mission -- to educate the public about the health effects of burning coal.  “Research on toxins has been my life’s work in one form or another,” he said. Lockwood spoke last week to two Omaha audienc... more

Oct 8, 2012 10:40 PM News

In the summer of 1969, 25-year old Ken Johnson went to his job as a night clerk in the data center at the Omaha National Bank at 17th and Farnam. As the shift progressed, his attention was drawn away from his job to the sight of north Oma... more

Oct 1, 2012 9:23 PM News

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some of our relatives actually dropped the last ‘er,’” he explained during an hour-long interview with The Reader. Water ... more

Sep 18, 2012 9:24 AM News

If a broken window can increase crime (the so-called “brown window theory”), imagine the effect an abandoned or burned out house can have on a neighborhood. Omaha has 461 single family houses with orders of demolition in every part of tow... more

Sep 4, 2012 11:47 PM News